We’re doing something a little different here at RUE for our Friday Feature this week. We often take Friday to showcase cool urban interventions, art projects, and programs/initiatives that people have started to increase citizen engagement. But I realized that we’ve never really showcased ‘gear’ on the blog – products that are useful when living and working in the city.
I came across these LED backpacks the other day and think they are fantastic! Many of us who’ve cycled at night know that it can be a little nerve-wracking. Even if you wear reflector strips on your clothing and have a light on the front of your bike, you never really know if the cars zooming past actually see you. What’s more, it’s also a lot harder to communicate your movements to drivers – those hand signals seem to get more obscure as the sun goes down.
Designer Lee Myung Su responded to this situation (and the overall need for better communication between cyclists and drivers in general) by creating the SEIL bag – it stands for Safe, Enjoy, Interact, Light. The cyclist can control the messages and symbols that read across the back including right and left arrows for turning, the word “stop”, and even emoticons and messages! And since it’s a backpack it is also super functional for carrying your daily needs as you traverse the city streets.
I appreciate when design blends purpose/utility, style, and a sense of fun – these backpacks certainly do a good job of that in my books. I’d love to see a barrage of cyclists wearing these with fun messages take to the streets!
Have a great weekend everyone (and go for a nice bike ride)!
** video and photo via Lee Myung Su Design Lab